Flat Ironing My Natural Hair

Hey Everyone, A couple weeks ago I made an attempt to flat iron my hair. Although the results weren’t horrible, my hair just didn’t turn out as I anticipated. Still yet I decided to upload what I did on Youtube, just so that someone could learn from my mistakes, and I can also look back and see what I did wrong.

Before flat ironing my hair I applied one of my favorite moisturizers by Shea Moisture.  It’s the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion. It even suggests that it’s perfect for protecting hair during heat styling. Maybe I used too much… Although I normally love this moisturizer when I blow out my hair, I think it’s too heavy to use when I’m straightening it. Otherwise I have no complaints about this product.

Next time around I plan to use something much lighter, like a leave in conditioner of some sort.

Also, when I shampoo my hair I only lather it up once. I find that shampooing my hair twice only strips my hair of its natural oils, and it much harder to detangle, but I figured that if I plan to flat iron again, I should shampoo 2x that way my hair if thoroughly clarified and has a fresh clean start.

 I’ve been natural going on 4 years and I’m still learning new things about my hair. It’s all about trial and error. Like they always say practice makes perfect. Be sure to check out my video and leave any tips or suggestions that you may have that would help me out the next time around!


Much love,


Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk


Price: $8.99/ 8oz

Ingredients: Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Isopropyl Myristate, Sugar Starch, Silk Protein, Essential Oil Blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, Algae Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Daucus Carota SaQva (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Overview | Description:

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk detangles, conditions and controls curls, while restoring body and shine for thick, curly hair.

  • · Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
  • · Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness an silkiness
  • · Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine

Suggested Use
Apply as a no-rinse protective and styling cream to damped, towel-dried or dry hair as needed.

My Opinion:

Well first off like all Shea Moisture products, I really love the fact that the ingredients are all natural and I can actually pronounce them. That in itself is a huge plus for me. I have to say this is a great product, it smells amazing, and makes my hair feel so soft without that greasy feeling. It also distributes so easily since it’s lighter in consistency, but it didn’t keep my hair moisturized for long. I went through the bottle so quickly. I think this product will work best for people who’s hair requires products that that aren’t as heavy. I would most likely grab the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie over this, just because I believe the texture of it works better for my hair type. As far as the Curl & Style aspect of it… Eh I didn’t notice any definition. Usually I can tell when my hair is loving something, my curls just pop with little manipulation. Please keep in mind that everyone hair is different and this may just be perfect for you. Overall I would give this a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars!

Until next time!

– Irene

Product Review: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

I had really big expectations for this product. I purchased it because I wanted a good moisturizer.  I was torn between this and the Cantu Shea Butter. Which is half the price I must add. Like any other product I purchase, I like to read reviews and get a feel of how it works. So I read up on many different opinions. After reading the amazing ingredients & the positive feedback,  I figured I’d give this a go.

Among other ingredients it contains:

Coconut Oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat & chemical damage.

Silk Protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness & silkiness

Neem Oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair & provides brilliant shine.


– Drying

– My Style of Choice Doesn’t Hold Up Long


– Smells absolutely DIVINE

– No Parabens

– No Synthetic Fragrance

– No Mineral Oil

& the list goes on & on. I’m telling you it’s just a jar of goodness! I tried this product two ways. I used it for twist & braid outs. I also used it for flexi rod sets. I would make sure my hair is damp before I applied and it felt like it was doing the job. The next day my hair would look healthy & have a nice natural looking shine. It smelt really nice as well. But then I would notice my hair feeling really dry after a few hours. Now this could just be my hair, because I know Mandisa  uses this as well  & she loves it. Now only did it make my hair feel dry but my styles didn’t really hold up as long as they normally did.

I’d say give it a try because you never know it just might work for You! But this was pretty much a miss for me. It’s a shame because I want to love it….I hate wasting products. So I just revisit this for SOMETHING else (wash n go) & pray that it works. But as for right now. I’m not a fan.

Shea Moisture has a whole line of products that I would be willing to try down the road. Unfortunately the Curl Enhancing Smoothie won’t be repurchased. I’ll keep you posted 😉

               – Irene